Dr. Catherine Burge

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dr. catherine burge

Dr. Catherine Burge

Topic: Playing the Impossible: piano virtuosity learned through study of techniques of DorothyTaubman/Edna Golandsky and the Princeton University Summer Piano Institute

Synopsis: A presentation of the goals of this method and the musician/teachers who chose to adopt them,followed by demonstration of these techniques in repertoire challenges selected from works such as the Chopin Etudes; Debussy Etudes; Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals; Stravinsky's Petrouchka:  Danse Russe  

Playing the impossible
Through the Techniques of Taubman – Golansky


Catherine Burge holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado. She currently teaches piano and clarinet in Greenville, where she is adjunct professor and collaborative pianist for Greenville University students in private lessons, studio classes or recitals as they strive to achieve the standards of virtuosity required for professional performance skills. Dr. Burge was chosen to work collaboratively with musicians of Greenville's Schoenhals symposium , including soprano Christine Brewer in 2018, Philadelphia composer Kile Smith in 2016 and St Louis Symphony trombonist Amanda Stewart in 2015. She plays collaborative piano, clarinet and sings each year for the Greenville concert featuring Handel's Messiah She previously taught a full time course schedule that included class piano, keyboards, clarinet, pedagogy and accompanying, and accompanied the choir, orchestra, band ,faculty and student recitals. Last year she held a special appointment as Assistant Professor of music to Briercrest College, where she rehearsed and grew the community orchestra, taught music history, theory and piano/clarinet lessons and held community performances with her keyboard improvisation students. Dr. Burge maintains a private music studio and performance business in Greenville where precollege students may elect to participate in the Illinois Achievement in Music Awards program or Southern Illinois Young Artist Soloist Organization. She serves as adjudicator for these organizations, and has performed with the Rome Festival Opera Orchestra and as piano Soloist for Stolpersteine Verlegung events of Germany.She is contracted as the pianist/keyboardist for St Johns United Church of Christ, Mascoutah and performs with both Belleville Philharmonic and Centralia Philharmonic Orchestras. St Louis Wind Symphony.Last year she was chosen as the utility clarinetist for Regina Symphony; and played collaboratively with Regina Symphony musicians on chamber music recitals. Dr. Burge is a student of the Taubman/Golandsky approach to piano and instrumental technique, attending the Princeton University Institute each summer for 9 years, receiving an awards scholarship in 2016. She and her students have performed at the Yamaha Young Artist Institute and Steinway Piano Gallery in New York City with Edna Golandsky.